In celebration of Black History Month, author Denise Ajayi-Williams is kicking off her Bay Area book tour of “Akiti the Hunter,” the book adapted from a West African folktale that chronicles the heroic battle of an African warrior.
She will host book readings at Barnes and Noble locations around the Bay Area on Saturday, Feb. 28. The author will be in Corte Madera, 313 Corte Madera Town Center, at 10 a.m.; in Dublin, 4972 Dublin Boulevard, at 1 p.m.; and in Emeryville, 5604 Bay Street, at 3 p.m.
“In 2015, we will pay respects to our forefathers who have paved the way for our generation to embrace freedom and in doing so, it is our responsibility to empower our young brothers and sisters to see a world that has no limits,” said Ajayi-Williams.
Such is the story of “Akiti the Hunter.” The book introduces Black children to a super hero they can identify with.
Akiti is unlike any other super hero and has differentiating abilities: mind reading, bilingual, communicates with animals, and immortality. With colorful illustrations by Anthony Mata and a heartfelt message, this book is sure to lead the mind to a world of imagination.
Ajayi-Williams believes everyone should view themselves as heroic no matter their place of origin. Her goal is to bring an authentic African hero into American pop culture.
The book is the first of five series and the author hopes to turn the story into an animated television series. Her ultimate dream is to see children from a diverse background standing in line to add the “Akiti the Hunter” story to their bookshelves.
For more information on “Akiti the Hunter,” visit amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.